If you wish to visit or move to Sao Tome and Principe, you'll need to know more about their healthcare systems and security health insurances. The following brief provides an overview of the Island's health information.
Healthcare Systems in Sao Tome and Principe
- There are only 2 hospitals in Sao Tome and Principe, one on each Island.
- The general public is served in smaller public health facilities such as health centres and posts which are usually not in good shape.
Public Versus Private Healthcare System
- The public healthcare systems are free to the public while the private healthcare systems are more expensive although their standards are lower compared to developed countries.
Private Health Insurance for Expats in Sao Tome and Principe
- I recommend securing an international insurance cover that is flexible in seeking treatment overseas.
Travel Health Insurance in Sao Tome and Principe
- Offers coverage for emergency services overseas.
- Travelling without a travel health insurance incurs a full cost of all the expenses related to the emergency medical attention overseas.
Types of Travel Health Insurances in Sao Tome and Principe
Travel health insurance policies come in 2 forms.
1. Travel Health Plan or Travel Medical Plan
- It is a stand-alone policy that only covers you for medical emergencies overseas. It covers you for the following costs; surgery, emergency treatment, outpatient care, diagnostic services, medical equipment, hospital stay and emergency transportation.
- It costs a few dollars per day.
2. Trip Insurance Package or Vacation Package
- This insurance policy covers you for medical emergencies, trip cancelations, loss or destructed baggage, flight cancellations and trip interruptions.
Health Safety in Sao Tome and Principe
- Get proper vaccinations
- Take antimalarial pills daily
- Sleep under a mosquito net
- Apply bug spray to your limbs
- Don't swim in stagnant fresh water. Sao Tome and Principe is famous for being a Bilharzia Hotbed.
- Drink only bottled water, stay away from tap water!
- Hepatitis A